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Old February 21 2014, 07:23 AM   #2189
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Re: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Spoiler-Filled Discussion

Dany's involvement in Meereen is the result of a kind of awkward series of revisions to the original plan for the series. As the first book in the trilogy (A Game of Thrones) expanded into two and then three books (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords), he devised the idea of a five-year gap to allow certain characters to age, etc. Ruling Meereen was Dany's holding position for the gap, and the fourth book would open with a recounting of what had happened there. But Martin (correctly, I think) decided that the five-year gap really didn't work for a number of stories, so it was junked.
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